“For they say, ‘His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible’” (2 Corinthians 10:10).
“They” had a very strong, negative, and critical opinion of Paul that was shared at every opportunity. He didn’t possess the oratorical skills of eloquence, theatrics, and creativity “they” valued among the cultural heroes of their day. The irony of it all is we don’t know who “they” are while the life and ministry of Paul continues to shape the church of the Lord Jesus Christ 2000 years after his critics. The lesson: marry the popular trends of your generation and you will be a widow in the next.